It is particularly famous for its vast number of timber framed buildings from the mediaeval period, many of which are colour washed in the manner peculiar to Essex and Suffolk.
The magnificent parish church of St. Peter and St. Paul was financed by the enormous wealth brought to the town by the wool trade.
Hidden away behind the gently rising and falling main street is the old Market Place, containing the timber framed Guildhall, now owned by the National Trust and regarded as one of the finest Tudor buildings in England. There is also an old Market Cross.
Shilling Old Grange was the home of the sisters Jane and Anne Taylor, who wrote “Twinkle Twinkle Little Star”.